The University at Buffalo women's basketball team ended its regular season on a high note, defeating Bowling Green, 74-38, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
UB's Autumn Jones had 13 points and hit three 3-pointers, while Cassie Oursler trailed close behind with 12 points. The Bulls are riding a nine-game winning streak heading into the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
Tournament seedings: UB will be the two seed in the MAC Tournament. The Bulls needed a victory and for Central Michigan to lose to Toledo to earn the No. 1 seed Saturday. The Rockets hung with the Chippewas, but Central Michigan won, 72-67.
Home floor advantage: With the victory, UB completed an undefeated season at Alumni Arena for the first time in program history.
Senior day: Five Bulls seniors were honored after the game: Stephanie Reid, Oursler, Katherine Ups, Liisa Ups and Mariah Suchan. UB had a special pregame touch for its three Australian seniors, Reid and the Ups sisters, as the Australian National anthem was played before the American anthem.
First quarter: The Bulls started the game on a 6-0 run, holding the Falcons off the board for six minutes. However, UB ended the frame on an 0 for 6 field goal run lasting three minutes and 37 seconds. The Bulls held an 11-7 lead after the first ten minutes.
Second quarter: The Bulls started to pull away with three straight 3-point makes at the start of the second, two from Autumn Jones and one from Cierra Dillard. UB went to the break up 32-20.
Third quarter: Bowling Green failed to score for six minutes and 13 seconds as UB went on a 15-0 run. The Falcons finally hit a layup with 1:11 left in the fourth quarter, but UB's Brittany Morrison hit a layup through contact and made the ensuing free throw to give the Bulls a 56-26 lead after three quarters.
Fourth quarter: Reserves were sprinkled into the Bulls lineup but they still outscored the Falcons 18-12.
All-time high: UB improved its record for most MAC victories in a season to 16 games. The Bulls have won 10 or more conference games in four of the last five seasons. The team also set a new program high for overall wins with its 25th.
National attention: The Bulls, who entered Saturday's game ranked 15th in the RPI, are in the at-large conversation for the NCAA Tournament. ESPN's Charlie Creme ranked UB as a 10th seed in his latest Bracketology posted on Saturday. The Bulls also received two votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Starters: UB coach Felisha Legette-Jack started Summer Hemphill, Reid, Katherine Ups, Cierra Dillard and Oursler. Bowling Green countered with Andrea Cecil, Sydney Lambert, Carly Santoro, Haley Puk and Angela Perry.
Up Next: The Bulls have a bye straight to Cleveland for the MAC Tournament, so they are off until Wednesday.
Story topics: University at Buffalo women's basketball